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French Intellectual Gets it Right on Terrorism

Paris_vue_d'ensemble_tour_EiffelPascal Bruckner is an esteemed French novelist, essayist and philosopher. Moreover—and decidedly rare among French intellectuals—he is pro-American. He taught for a year at U.C. San Diego, and is a frequent visitor to this country. He recently wrote to an American friend, “If anything tragic comes from the enemies of the West, let us say Russia or ISIS, we will be very happy to be sheltered by the American umbrella as we were in 1917, 1944, and 1948 during the Cold War.”

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Fred Thompson, RIP

Fred_ThompsonFormer Senator Fred Thompson, who died Sunday at the age of 73, was one of the most colorful public figures of recent times. A politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host, he was known to millions by his craggy visage and deep, gravely voice. Every time I saw him, I was reminded of what people once said of another prominent senator from our history, Daniel Webster: “He was a living lie, because no man could be as great as he looked.”

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Will Houstonians be HEROic on Election Day?

Downtown HoustonHouston is the nation’s fourth-largest city, yet it is one of the few major cities in this country that does not have an equal rights ordinance. Moreover, it is the only major city in Texas not to have one.

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A Conversation With Governor Kasich

Kasich croppedKasich ticks all the boxes necessary to be a successful president. He has a record of legislative and executive experience unmatched by any of the other GOP candidates. He’s the popular governor of a “must-win” state for the GOP. Were he to run on a ticket with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida–another “must win” state–his chances of being elected would be prodigious.

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Gay and Republican?

new wolfowitzA “Log Cabin” Republican, for those unfamiliar with the term, means a Republican who is gay—like me, for instance.

Is it possible to be gay and Republican? I have been asked that question so many times—usually by belligerent, in-your-face gay Democrats—that I have a canned answer ready.

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“Patriotism Is Not Enough”

A close-up of the Edith Cavell statue in London.One hundred years ago on October 12, in the gray light of a chill Brussels dawn, a gallant English nurse faced a German firing squad.

Her name: Edith Cavell.

Her crime: Helping Allied soldiers escape to neutral Holland.

Bullets were a strange end for a woman who had devoted her life to being a healer.

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Finding Churchill’s Faith

God & Churchill“King and country, in that order, that’s about the only religion Winston has.”

So wrote Lord Moran, Sir Winston Churchill’s friend and physician. Most historians would agree. After all, did not Churchill himself quip that he was “not a pillar of the church, but a flying buttress”?

Yet if Churchill had no religion beyond king and country, how do we account for the references to “God” and “Providence” that appear so prominently again and again in his speeches? Were they no more than a politician’s cynical nod to the religious sensibilities of his countrymen?

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Grace Under Pressure

gordon hal rapelIf looking up from the base of the cliff had been intimidating, looking down from the top was unsettling in the extreme. Suddenly, I was beset with misgivings. I was ready to plead chronic acrophobia and make the humiliating trek back down to the base with my tail between my legs. But I didn’t want to be a wimp. So what should I do?

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